Adrianna & Paul's Eclectic Perfection Home

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Name: Adrianna Lopez and Paul Olson
Location: Belmont Shore, - Long Beach, California
Size: 1600 square feet
Years lived in: 2 1/2 years

I met Adrianna through a friend who shared a few pictures of her stylish home. I was blown away by the cultured aesthetic and attention to detail. When I met Adrianna in person, her fun personality matched the aesthetic and I couldn't believe that this was her first try at interior design. I am pretty certain that she could turn it into a full-time career.

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It is so hard to select a favorite room in Adrianna and Paul's home, but if I must choose I would have to say their master bathroom is pretty amazing. Paul told Adrianna that he wanted the bathroom to feel like a jungle. After sitting with the idea for a while, she pulled together her best design. It really does look like you are showering in an exotic outdoor location. The sun even beams in through the skylights above - perfection! Adrianna - can I move into your bathroom...please?

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic and comfortable with modern pieces of furniture that remind us of our favorite things and places

Inspiration: Our travels have been our biggest inspiration. In order to keep the integrity of the house, Spanish and Moorish architecture played the main role for us during our remodel. As a result, we enjoy it in every room!

Favorite Element: One too many to mention - the deck, the kitchen, the front garden; however, we absolutely love our master bathroom tile!

Biggest Challenge: Creating an open master bathroom (no doors) with lots of natural light through the walkable skylights located above our deck - privacy provided by our beautiful plants! Now, should I say it one more time? Certainly did to the contractor.

What Friends Say: Well, our friends now want to come and visit all the time; they say that they feel as if they were somewhere overseas in a fabulous spa-hotel, where the service sometimes is a bit slow. I tell them yes, definitely in need of room service!

Biggest Embarrassment: After calculating and calculating and the last time calculating my front entrance tile, I was short 10 pieces!! It cost us an expensive overseas air shipment and a month delay on the project.

Proudest DIY: Creating our succulent front garden, where we hand picked every single plant and tree from various sources from Escondido to North Hollywood.

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Biggest Indulgence: Our walkable skylights by far; the sunlight that filters in the bathroom over the plants is amazing.

Best Advice: Best advice - don't be afraid to change contractors in the middle of the project. If you are not happy - STOP - regroup and start fresh; don't compromise your design or ideas because at the end you are the one who is going to enjoy it. Also, if you are doing a remodel and have the budget, hire an architect to give you an overall realistic picture of your project.

Dream Source: Oh boy lots! Los Angeles flea markets, Beverly Blvd. and 3rd St. are filled with great independent boutiques. Wertz Brothers, HD Buttercup, 1stdibs, Badia design, Cisco - the hunt is what I love!

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Resources of Note:

APPLIANCES
Very lucky that the O'Keefe & Merritt stove and the Northstar fridge came with the house. It worked perfect with the decor.

HARDWARE
All original hardware that came with house

FURNITURE

ACCESSORIES
We buy lots of accessories when traveling

LIGHTING

  • Corbett Lighting

PAINT

  • Cabbage White - Farrow & Ball
  • Blue on deck - custom made

FLOORING
Refinished the original hardwood floors

RUGS & CARPETS

  • H.D. Buttercup
  • ABC Carpet

TILE & STONE

WINDOW TREATMENTS
Custom made from Sunbrella fabric

BED
Custom made headboard

ARTWORK
Collected from our travels

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Thanks Adrianna & Paul!

Images: Marcia Prentice

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